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Apr
14

Rise and Shine: Japan to Korea

On This Day: First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, former First Lady Barbara Bush and former President George H.W. Bush attend the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center April 25, 2013 in Dallas

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Saturday, April 26 (Korea is 13 hours ahead of EDT)

* In the morning, President Obama participates in a roundtable meeting with business leaders to discuss trade policy, South Korea

* Later, the President participates in a Combined Forces Command Briefing at Yongsan Garrison and delivers remarks (10:05 PM EDT)

* In the afternoon, the President travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

* President Obama participates in an arrival ceremony in Parliament Square

* Later that evening, the President attends a State Dinner and delivers remarks at Istana Negara

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@Stcrow: Before leaving Tokyo for Seoul, President Obama met privately w Empress Michiko and Emperor Akihito at his hotel.

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President Obama arrives at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, South Korea

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President Obama is welcomed by South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea

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President Obama poses with new American citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the National War Memorial in Seoul

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President Obama sings a guest book as South Korean President Park Geun-hye looks on at the Blue House

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@Stcrow: President Obama offered a moment of silence to in memory of the lives lost on the ferry Sewol

Relatives of victims looks on at a gymnasium in Jindo, South Korea, as President Obama pays a silent tribute

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye and President Obama listens at a joint news conference following their meeting at the presidential Blue House in Seoul

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Forward to 25 minutes for the press conference

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President Obama tours Gyeongbok Palace with Dr. Sangmee Park

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A staff member of Malaysia post services shows special commemorative cover marking President Obama’s visit to Malaysia.

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On This Day

President Obama meets with Rev. Billy Graham at his house in Montreat, N.C., April 25, 2010 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama attends a memorial service in Beckley, W.V., April 25, 2010, for 29 miners killed in an explosion at Big Branch Mine (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowd from the South Portico of the White House during the annual Easter Egg Roll, April 25, 2011 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama lifts a baby while greeting the crowd at the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House, April 25, 2011 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)

First Lady Michelle Obama and Jada Pinkett Smith watch Jada’s daughter Willow Smith perform during the White House Easter Egg Roll, April 25, 2011

President Obama and guests watch Willow Smith perform during the White House Easter Egg Roll, April 25, 2011

President Obama volleys a tennis ball between his legs while participating in a “Let’s Move” clinic with members of the NBA, WNBA and the Harlem Globetrotters during the White House Easter Egg Roll, April 25, 2011

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President Obama addresses a crowd in an overflow room before delivering remarks on student loan interest rates, at the University of Iowa, April 25, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama delivers remarks on student loan interest rates at the University of Iowa, April 25, 2012 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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President Obama laughs with former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, prior to the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, April 25, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama, along with former First Ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton, look at a 9/11 exhibit while touring the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, April 25, 2013. Former President Bill Clinton is seen in the foreground (Photo by Pete Souza)

First Lady Michelle Obama pauses with former First Ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barbara Bush, and Rosalynn Carter during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama pauses with former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pause during a memorial service for the victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, April 25, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Have a perfect day, Shipmate!

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MoooOOOooorning everyone, no time for words this morning, just pics and videos – will try to catch up later.

Happy Friday!


133 Responses to “Rise and Shine: Japan to Korea”


  1. 1 desertflower
    April 25, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Love those PBO smiles!

  2. 6 amk for obama
    April 25, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Yesss.

  3. April 25, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Hey, See what I get for not refreshing before commenting.

    I heard Chris or Jim say on Stephanie Miller that Fox has totally scrubbed its website of everything about Bundy except for one short mention of his comments and that’s “below the fold.”

    Happy, happy day to our resident sailor!

  4. 9 desertflower
    April 25, 2014 at 9:57 am

    What a perfect cake for yardarm:) Happy Birthday, friend:)

  5. 12 otter44
    April 25, 2014 at 9:57 am

    happy birthday yardarm happy Friday TOD

  6. 13 hopefruit2
    April 25, 2014 at 10:02 am

    G’morning Chips, TOD, lurkers, everyone and congrats df on #1 :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mr. Yardarm! Thanks Chips for this extra-special Friday R & S roundup and for fabulous coverage of our President’s trip to Asia! :)

  7. April 25, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Bundy: If People Are Offended By Me, Then MLK ‘Didn’t Do His Job’

    Catherine Thompson – April 25, 2014, 9:18 AM EDT

    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy said Friday that he doesn’t believe his remarks on blacks and slavery were “offensive,” and if other people take them that way, it means civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. “didn’t do his job.”

    Bundy was pressed by CNN’s Chris Cuomo to acknowledge that he offended people when he mused about whether blacks were “better off as slaves, picking cotton” than “under government subsidy,” which was first highlighted by the New York Times.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/cliven-bundy-mlk-rosa-parks-offended

    • 15 jackiegrumbacher
      April 25, 2014 at 12:23 pm

      Rikyrah, all this man has to do is keep talking. His hole gets bigger by the day. Soon people will start saying “Bundy Who?”

  8. 16 Vicki
    April 25, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Morning TOD.
    To repeat a response to Anniebella on the last thread:

    Despite the bad press this trip is NOT a failure.
    As usual PBO is moving the needle towards good solutions.
    The dimwitted bad intentioned media think anything but a homerun is a failure.
    Impatient corporate sponsored tools.

    • 17 EricFive
      April 25, 2014 at 10:26 am

      No matter what PBO a accomplished during this trip the corrupt msm would spin it in a negative light. According to the msm has PBO ever done anything right, that cannot be attributed to dumb luck? The msm is the communications arm of the gop and every story is spun to demoralize Dems and improve standing of GOP. Expect every media source to ramp up the propaganda as the midterms approach, just as it happened in 2010. They are losing and are desperate.

  9. 19 amk for obama
    April 25, 2014 at 10:04 am

    For ya, YA.

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  10. April 25, 2014 at 10:04 am

    South Carolina Bar fights back against Republican Governors Association ad attacking Vincent Sheheen
    By SEANNA ADCOX Associated Press
    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 9:36 p.m.

    COLUMBIA – An ad attacking Democratic Sen. Vincent Sheheen’s work as a defense attorney has prompted the South Carolina Bar Association to fight back against what it calls an unfair smear of the legal profession that should have no place in the governor’s race.

    The bar launched a website counteracting a Republican Governors Association ad, which began airing statewide Monday, that condemns Sheheen as protecting criminals. It’s an unprecedented move for a nonpolitical organization to which every South Carolina attorney must belong, with more than 15,000 members statewide.

    RGA spokesman Jon Thompson said the ad is about Sheheen choosing in the past to represent a sex offender and several men accused of abusing women, as he’s trying to woo women voters.

    Association President Alice Paylor said campaigns should be about issues, not bashing lawyers for providing people their constitutional right to legal representation.

    http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20140423/PC1603/140429704

  11. April 25, 2014 at 10:05 am

    More Than 63,000 Bridges Crossed 250 Million Times A Day Need Significant Repairs

    The United States has more than 63,000 bridges that are structurally deficient and in need of significant repairs, according to an analysis of government data by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. Drivers cross these bridges 250 millions times each day. They are all at least 39 years old except for one. The 250 most heavily used bridges that are structurally deficient are on interstate highways, many in California.

    These bridges are not necessarily imminently unsafe or about to collapse. But a bridge will be classified as structurally deficit and in need of repair if it is rated four or below on a scale of zero to nine by state transportation inspections of their decks and support structures. The ARTBA wants signs posted at these bridges to let drivers know they’re in need of repairs.[....]

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/04/25/3430786/bridges-structurally-deficient/

  12. April 25, 2014 at 10:06 am

    San Francisco sues landlords who evicted tenants in order to rent rooms on Airbnb

    The city of San Francisco sued two landlords on Wednesday for
    allegedly evicting tenants to rent out rooms on such websites as Airbnb, opening a new front in a controversy over increasingly popular
    home-rental services.

    In separate lawsuits filed by City Attorney Dennis Herrera, the city
    named two groups of defendants that it called the “most egregious”
    offenders because they evicted disabled tenants before listing rooms
    online for as much as $595 a night.[....]

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/23/san-francisco-sues-landlords-who-evicted-tenants-for-renting-rooms-on-airbnb/

  13. 29 yardarm756
    April 25, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Yeeeee Haw! I made it. Thanks everyone for your warm wishes. Today I think I’ll put a shot o’ rhum in my morning coffee. :lol:

  14. April 25, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Republicans Are Racists? No, It’s Just All a Big Coincidence

    The revolting comments. The emails. The jokes. The posters. The T-shirts. The ghostwriters. It’s not like it’s a pattern or something.
    Michael Tomasky 04.25.14

    Come on, fellow liberals. Calm down. I guess maybe it’s fair to call Cliven Bundy a racist. That “picking cotton” business put it over the top, and wondering whether they were better off under slavery. Even Sean Hannity, Bundy’s greatest media champion, threw in the towel last night: He wanted it to be “abundantly clear,” Hannity said at the top of his show, that he found the remarks “downright racist,” “repugnant,” “beyond disturbing,” and so on.

    OK, so Bundy’s a racist. It’s fine to point that out. But point up the fact that he’s a registered Republican? That’s where I draw the line, friends. I mean, come on. That’s just a coincidence. Total cosmic coincidence.

    Just like it’s a coincidence that that one black comic, a Barack Obama impersonator, was yanked offstage at an official Republican Party meeting in 2011 for telling a series of racially themed jokes. I mean, that could easily have happened at a Democratic—well, maybe not. But still. A coincidence. Just like it’s a coincidence that one federal judge who sent an email around to friends saying that Obama’s father was a dog happened to be a Republican. Complete and utter accident of fate, the puny matter of his voter enrollment.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/25/republicans-are-racists-no-it-s-just-all-a-big-coincidence.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thedailybeast%2Fpolitics+%28The+Daily+Beast+-+Politics%29

  15. 60 amk for obama
    April 25, 2014 at 10:11 am

  16. 64 amk for obama
    April 25, 2014 at 10:16 am

    /ducks and runs

  17. April 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

    “Today, being white remains the unspoken — but most important — qualification in college admissions and hiring. As a result, being mediocre is OK as long as you are white. Ever notice that it is only when someone isn’t white that everyone begins working to ensure that standards are not being relaxed “because of race”? Likewise, people only worry that someone is “getting a leg up because of race” when the candidate is not white. In other words, race should be a factor in one’s favor only if they are white. This logic is so acceptable that we are not even supposed to notice it; as long as the person is white, everyone pretends that the decision to welcome them was simply about merit and that “race” had nothing to do with it.”

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Worth the Read…

  18. April 25, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Schuette v. BAMN … An Example of Whitewishing

    By: Crissie Brown
    Thursday, April, 24th, 2014, 9:49 pm

    Chief Justice John Roberts may not appreciate her saying so, but Justice Sonia Sotomayor was right. The Court’s decision in Schuette v. BAMN – allowing states to ban public universities from weighing race in admissions – was a classic example of whitewishing.

    Whitewishing is my term for white people ignoring evidence of continued racial inequalities, or pretending those inequalities simply reflect the inherent intellectual or moral superiority of the winners, and the intellectual or moral inferiority of the losers.

    In whitewishing, racial discrimination ended back in … well, who cares when it ended. The point is, racism is over and the only racists are people of color and their liberal media supporters who keep complaining about race.

    I say “who cares when it ended” because those who engage in whitewishing never answer the question “When did racial discrimination end?” They pretend they didn’t hear it. Or they say President Obama’s election and reelection proved that racial discrimination had ended before 2008. But as for exactly when it ended … umm … err … uhh….

    So when the Michigan Board of Regents want to weigh race among other factors – such as family legacies – in reviewing college applications, whitewishers howl “Unfair!” Or, in Justice Scalia’s turgid prose:

    http://www.politicususa.com/2014/04/24/schuette-v-bamn-whitewishing.html

  19. April 25, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Chips, I think this belongs to you:

  20. 75 sherijr
    April 25, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Happy Birthday Yardarm, Have a wonderful day :) !

  21. 76 amk for obama
    April 25, 2014 at 10:34 am

  22. 83 Nerdy Wonka
    April 25, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Great pictures, Chips.

    I wonder what anecdotes Barbara Bush told that had President Obama cracking up super hard. Made for a great pictorial story.

  23. 86 HZ
    April 25, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Good Morning my Chips and TOD Family. A most beautiful and fantastic Happy Birthday to a gentle and beautiful person, our Yardarm.

    Yardarm, make this one of your most joyful ones, and one of your most fun ones. You are such a delight within this family. You make my heart sing with beautiful laughs and my mind think on the wisdom that you share with our TOD family. Thank you, my dear beautiful Yardarm. Enjoy every minute of your special day. {{{{{{{{{{{{{ Happy Birthday Yardarm}}}}}}}}}}}}}} HZ

    • April 25, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Mooooooorning HZ!!!! Hugs and kisses!

      • 88 HZ
        April 25, 2014 at 11:19 am

        Morning my beautiful Chips. Thanks for those hugs and kisses. I need them this morning. Give my Danny lots of them also. He must be ready for another great swim by now, right mom? Keep him happy and away from the flower pots. {{{{{{{{{ Love to my Danny}}}}}}}}}}}HZ

  24. 89 amk for obama
    April 25, 2014 at 11:04 am

  25. 91 Linda
    April 25, 2014 at 11:05 am

    ok rant. 1998 Jaguar

    Replacement remote for my car is 300.00

    Replacement rear view mirror is 450.00

    so…

    I use the key to lock and unlock and I glued an old mirror on top of the defective one.

  26. 92 4morefor44
    April 25, 2014 at 11:05 am

    the bush family literally makes me feel like vomiting. all of them. when you look at their history, going back several generations, of the all the killing and hate they’ve spread for generations across the world all to profit themselves, it’s disgusting. it pains me to see the obamas having to associate with them and put on a good face, which of course they do since they are superior people. horrible seeing “the news” trying to rehab their image yet again. we must stop them.

    • 93 hopefruit2
      April 25, 2014 at 11:10 am

      It’s one thing to look at and even enjoy a pic of the Obamas having a light moment with the Bushes at an event. It’s quite a different matter however, to go to a voting both and actually vote to install another Bush (with a history of BAD policies like “stand your ground”) in the Oval Office.

      Fortunately I would think the majority of voters know the difference, despite the MSM’s desire to etch-a-sketch history and produce Romnesia. Let’s hope…

    • 94 EricFive
      April 25, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Papa Bush’s greatest crime against the country, was appoint Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Ct. I pray karma will somehow remove that self hating uncle tom from the court and allow PBO to appoint his replacement. From my keyboard to God’s ears.

  27. 96 hopefruit2
    April 25, 2014 at 11:15 am

  28. 97 hopefruit2
    April 25, 2014 at 11:20 am

  29. April 25, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Good Morning, Chips and TOD :)

    thank for all the good work you and your team do for us daily.

  30. April 25, 2014 at 11:26 am

  31. April 25, 2014 at 11:27 am

    • 102 jackiegrumbacher
      April 25, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Oh, no, this is frightening. If the OSCE mission members have been harmed there will be hell to pay. The Russians had better be prepared for massive retaliation. This is deadly serious.

  32. 103 Linda
    April 25, 2014 at 11:28 am

    The U.S. Attorney’s office in New Jersey, which is investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures, has issued a subpoena to the special state legislative committee which is also investigating the the George Washington Bridge lane closures.

    The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the subpoena asked for “any and all records” produced or obtained by the committee during its work, and the records are due May 2.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/us-attorney-subpoena-bridgegate

  33. 104 amk for obama
    April 25, 2014 at 11:28 am

  34. April 25, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Readout of the President’s Call with President Hollande, Chancellor Merkel, Prime Minister Renzi, and Prime Minister Cameron

    Today the President spoke with President Hollande of France, Chancellor Merkel of Germany, Prime Minister Renzi of Italy, and Prime Minister Cameron of the UK to consult about the alarming situation in eastern Ukraine. The leaders noted the positive steps that Ukraine had taken to move forward on the actions to which it committed in the April 17 joint statement by Ukraine, Russia, the European Union, and the United States – including proposing an amnesty law for those who will peacefully leave the buildings they have seized in eastern Ukraine, supporting the work of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and committing themselves once again to a process of constitutional reform and decentralization. The leaders also agreed that Russia had not reciprocated – including by not publicly supporting the Geneva accord, nor calling on armed militant groups to lay down their arms and leave the government buildings they’ve occupied – and had in fact continued to escalate the situation through its increasingly concerning rhetoric and threatening military exercises on Ukraine’s border.

    The President noted that the United States is prepared to impose targeted sanctions to respond to Russia’s latest actions. The leaders agreed to work closely together, and through the G7 and European Union, to coordinate additional steps to impose costs on Russia. The leaders underscored that Russia could still choose a peaceful resolution to the crisis, including by implementing the Geneva accord.

    • April 25, 2014 at 11:32 am

      • April 25, 2014 at 11:32 am

        • 109 nabsentia23
          April 25, 2014 at 2:07 pm

          Bobfr, as a follow-up to my last response to you at The People’s View, things just got “really real” in Russia.

          There are already people here at TOD who said that the Russian equivalent to “Facebook” has been taken over by the Kremlin, while the CEO fled the country in fear of his life. Also, an American journalist has been captured by Russian forces in eastern Ukraine because he wasn’t “reporting correctly” on Putin.

          However, there’s also a new “counter-terrorism” initiative that has been introduced. Russia now wants to monitor student internet activity.

          http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/russia-plans-student-web-surveillance-in-new-anti-terror-law-510757

          Although I really empathize with the Ukraine people, I still can’t help but think about the Russians because I know that not everybody in the Russian Federation agrees with what Putin is doing. Especially as Russia’s economy continues to suffer as a result of his actions.

          • 110 nospin
            April 25, 2014 at 3:27 pm

            “Although I really empathize with the Ukraine people, I still can’t help but think about the Russians because I know that not everybody in the Russian Federation agrees with what Putin is doing. Especially as Russia’s economy continues to suffer as a result of his actions.”

            I am with you on that thought.

  35. 111 MightyPamela
    April 25, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Happy Birthday to the first mate! (is he?) and as I peek into the top of the convo, I say it was mind-blowing to see these beautiful photographs, and also there is no one else, maybe on the whole planet, who could descend a set of flight stairs with so much pure character. Back later, busy morning. Hugs all around, keep the home fires burning! http://www.gratefulness.org/candles/candles.cfm?l=eng&gi=PBO {{{{{HZ}}}}}

  36. 112 Dudette
    April 25, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Hi Everyone!

    It’s a great day to celebrate and admire our President and a great to
    celebrate our favorite sailor-man!

    Wishing a you delirously Happy Birthday, Yardarm! [Saaaaa-lute!] :-)

  37. 113 Vicki
    April 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    The Democracy Alliance (DA) is convening in Chicago and on Sunday Mayor Bill de Blasio will be delivering the keynote speech. I hope we get to see some coverage of this important event.
    The DA is a rich person donor group. $30,000.00 annual dues plus $200,000.00 spent on campaigns each year.
    We are talking about George Soros and large chunks of entertainment figures, for example.

    The stated objective this year as far as I can tell, is an effort to move the country left.
    The baffling thing is that many of the members of the DA have already proclaimed loudly for Hillary.

    My hope is that the focus is on Voter turnout in 2014, Voting Rights Acts and things that will make an important difference NOW. Not 2016

  38. 125 Nena20409
    April 25, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Happy Birthday to YOU, Sir Yardarm.

    GM. GA. GD. GE TODers.

    That beautifully decorated cake is unbeatable. Wow.

  39. 126 Nena20409
    April 25, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    So when Boehner cries on TV and in public, is he faking, mocking or what?

    I am posting this again for my 1st post disappeared.

  40. 128 Linda
    April 25, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    GOPer Squirms On Obamacare: ‘I’m Not Saying It Hasn’t Worked For Some People’

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/tim-walberg-obamacare-town-hall

  41. April 25, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    Mitchell: Timing all wrong for Rahm’s new Obama H.S.
    Thu, 04/24/2014 – 8:50pm

    Mary Mitchell

    In announcing plans to build another selective-enrollment high school on the North Side, Mayor Rahm Emanuel might as well have laughed in his critics’ faces.

    That’s how wrong the timing is for such an endeavor.

    Concerned African-American families on the South and West sides are still so outraged over the mayor’s decision to shutter 50 public schools last year, that an “Anybody but Rahm” political campaign has formed to challenge Emanuel’s re-election bid.

    And despite emotional pleas from community stakeholders outside of the Chicago Teacher’s Union, the mayor’s handpicked school board moved forward with plans on Wednesday to turn three more public schools over to a private contractor.

    Now, Emanuel’s decision to open a selective-enrollment school named for President Barack Obama in an upscale community where roughly 70 percent of the seats will be filled through an admissions process adds insult to injury

    http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/mitchell-timing-all-wrong-rahms-new-obama-hs/thu-04242014-850pm

  42. 132 amk for obama
    April 25, 2014 at 12:50 pm


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